The mission of the University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to integrate education, research, and clinical practice to provide sound professional preparation in order to graduate physical therapists who are competent, compassionate, and ethical and who will serve their patients/clients and communities through the practice of quality, evidence-based physical therapy.

University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program Bulletin University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program Curriculum

Program details:

  • The DPT program is located in a state of the art facility at 4190 26th Avenue South, Fargo, North Dakota. This location will give students a wide variety of clinical affiliations in which to learn while supported in the University of Jamestown tradition of dedicated faculty and staff.
  • The program consists of 118 credits of classroom and clinical instruction.

 
If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 701-356-2136 or email ptadmissions@uj.edu. The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Jamestown is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

University of Jamestown General Admission Policy

Consideration for admission to the University of Jamestown programs is available to all students who meet University admissions requirements without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disabilities, sexual orientation, or veteran status, in accordance with the law. The University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or re-enrollment to any applicant or student whose personal history and background indicate that his or her presence at the University would endanger the health, safety, welfare, or property of the members of the academic community or interfere with the orderly and effective performance of the University's functions.

Application Information

There are two avenues to be admitted into the University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

  • Direct Entry: Admittance into the Program as a first semester freshman at the University of Jamestown.
  • PTCAS.org: Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.


Individuals wishing to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for admission into the Class of 2022 need to apply using the PTCAS online application. The PTCAS application is currently available on the PTCAS website at ptcas.org.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2019 for the Class of 2022 that begins the fall of 2019.

Information to complete the application needs to be entered and/or uploaded into PTCAS by the application deadline. Upload all required documents into PTCAS for processing; do not mail documents to the Program. Incomplete applications are not accepted.


Qualified applicants invited to interview will attend a face-to-face interview at University of Jamestown, Fargo campus, in the spring prior to beginning the Program. The Program does not interview candidates via Skype or other similar programs. All costs associated with this interview are the responsibility of the applicant.

University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program gives preference to University of Jamestown, Jamestown ND, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead MN and Concordia College, Moorhead MN graduates. Contact with applicants will be via the contact information provided in PTCAS.

Admission to the professional physical therapy program is based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to matriculation.
  • Official transcripts from all higher learning institutions that you have attended.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in all undergraduate courses (GPA calculation includes repeated courses).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in all prerequisite courses listed in the prerequisite table (see Bulletin pg. 19; GPA calculation includes repeated courses).
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 hours observation, volunteer, and/or paid work in a physical therapy setting signed by a licensed physical therapist.
  • Signed Essential Function Statement.
  • Personal essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    o One from work supervisor
    o One from licensed physical therapist
  • Submission of GRE scores:
    o The Program currently does not have a minimum GRE score.
    o University of Jamestown PTCAS GRE code: 3885
  • Submission of TOEFL scores, if applicable. Acceptable scores are as follows:
    o TOEFL score 525 Paper
    o TOEFL score of 195 Computer
    o TOEFL score of 70 Internet-based
    o An IELTS band score of 5.5


University of Jamestown protects applicant rights, including due process. If an individual feels that he or she has been treated unfairly in the admissions process, he or she may wage a complaint with the Admissions Review Committee. The Admissions Review Committee is composed of the Director of the Physical Therapy Program and the Vice President for Academic
Affairs.

Prerequisites

You must have nine of the thirteen prerequisite classes completed by the end of the fall semester prior to beginning the program. All coursework and a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution must be completed by June 1 prior to beginning the Program. Any coursework completed after the fall semester will not count toward cumulative or prerequisite GPA calculations but will need to be completed and meet minimum requirements by June 1.
For more information, see the:

University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Bulletin

The University of Jamestown reserves the right to rescind an admissions decision due to various circumstances deemed appropriate by the University; including, but not limited to personal behavior and social conduct that may poorly reflect the University of Jamestown values.

Basic Tuition

Tuition for students during the 2018-19 academic year is $700 per credit. Basic tuition does not cover items listed in the Professional Fees below. Tuition, and other costs, are subject to revision by the University on an annual basis.

Books

Costs for books will vary dependent on the instructor and requirements for the curriculum.

Professional Fees

APTA membership, ExamSoft, EXXAT, technology, background check, and clinical education fees – $480

Additional Costs

Student equipment bag, first year, fall semester – $200
CPR certification – $65
Transportation and housing related to clinical practicums/internship varies dependent on clinical education site location
Clinical affiliation requirements, for example, drug screening or fingerprinting

*all costs other than tuition are estimated.

Financial Aid for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Students

To be eligible for financial aid a graduate student:

  • must not be receiving aid as undergraduate for same period of enrollment;
  • must be enrolled in a program above the bachelor’s level or one leading to a first professional degree;
  • must have completed equivalent of at least three academic years of full time study either before entrance into the Program or as part of it;
  • must file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if a Federal Direct Loan is desired. The website for FAFSA information is fafsa.gov.

 

U.S. Department of Education
The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program is the largest federal student loan program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender. There are two types of Direct Loans available to graduate students.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [commonly called the FAFSA] each year.

Annual Limit: $ 20,500 Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Aggregate Limit: $138,500 Direct Loan
(No more than $65,500 of this amount may be in Direct Subsidized Loans. The graduate debt limit includes all federal loans received in undergraduate study.)

Direct Grad PLUS Loans are loans made to graduate or professional students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.
There are no fixed annual or aggregate loan limits for PLUS Loans. A graduate or professional student may be awarded a Grad PLUS Loan up to the student’s cost of attendance.

Alternative or Private Education Loan Programs
Students have the right to select any eligible lender under the Alternative/Private Education Loan Program and the University of Jamestown will process the request in compliance with federal and institutional packaging guidelines. It is, however, crucial that you consider your options when choosing an alternative student loan. Choose a lender that demonstrates a strong commitment to students and their education. Further, be sure to check the lender’s value and benefits, fees, interest rates, repayment options, and customer service. You will find a list of lenders used by the University of Jamestown students for Alternative/Private Education Loans on the University of Jamestown website under financial aid.
The University of Jamestown does not endorse or accept incentives from any lender nor does it promote any specific lender. The Alternative/Private Education Loan lender list is provided as a courtesy and should not be interpreted as a requirement to use any of the lenders listed. The University of Jamestown will process an Alternative/Private Education Loan from any participating lender that requires school certification.

Assistance for Financial Aid
Students accepted for the Physical Therapy Program may apply for financial aid through the University of Jamestown. All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to be considered for federal financial aid, including student loans. The FAFSA and renewal FAFSA can be completed online at www.FAFSA.gov. Students will be notified of their financial aid awards through email or postal mail. A representative of the Financial Aid Office will visit the Fargo campus at the beginning of the fall semester to answer questions and discuss financial aid directly with students.
Students may contact the financial aid office at any time with questions regarding financial aid. Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at 701-252-3467, ext. 5556 or by emailing a financial aid staff member.


Financial Aid Policies, Disclosures & Guidelines
Return of Title IV Funds Policy & Disclosure Statement Masters Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines

Additional Information

  • Only official forms will be accepted for appeals. They may be found on the University of Jamestown website and are available in the Financial Aid Office.
  • The Financial Aid Committee will strictly adhere to the stated deadline for appeal.
  • The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to adjust Satisfactory Academic Progress verbiage as deemed appropriate and necessary at any time.



Amy Myers
Associate Director of Financial Aid

701-252-3467 ext. 5568
amyers@uj.edu

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Sara Voorhees, PT, MPT, PhDDirector of the Department of Physical Therapy

Certifications/Degrees: MPT and PhD University of Delaware
Teaches: Clinical Assessments, Theory of Exercise, Research

Email:svoorhee@uj.edu
More information about the chair.

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications
Geographic Information Science, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND

Degrees
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Minnesota; Minneapolis MN
In progress, Master of Arts, Anthropology, North Dakota State University; Fargo ND

Email:amunns@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications:
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Degrees:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota; Minneapolis MN
Bachelor of Arts, Southwest Minnesota State University; Marshall MN

Email:Jackie.Madsen@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: BSE, Minot State University, Minot, ND; MLS, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

Email:mhedberg@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications:
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist, American Hippotherapy Certification Board

Degrees:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND
Bachelor of Science, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND

Email:tara.haj@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Physical Therapy: University of North Dakota; Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS): American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Email:Brittany.Anderson@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:
College Teaching Certificate, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
BS, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
PhD, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND

Email:James.Schanandore@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications:
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Degrees:
PhD in Education, North Dakota State University; Fargo ND
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND
Bachelor of Science, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND

Email:mwolden@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: Associate Degree, Information and Communications Technology; North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton ND

Email:corey.gilge@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: PT, PhD

Email:Laurie.King@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications:
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Degrees:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND
Cert PT, Mayo Foundation School of Health Sciences; Rochester MN
Bachelor of Science, Black Hills State University; Spearfish SD

Email:PHeyneLi@uj.edu


CAPTE Accreditation

The Physical Therapy Program at University of Jamestown is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.


Complaints about the University or Program

Any complaint that would fall out of the realm of due process regarding the Physical Therapy Program and/or University (for example, from clinical education sites, employers of graduates, and the public) may be addressed to the University of Jamestown, Physical Therapy Program, 4190 26th Avenue South, Fargo ND 58104. If an individual has concerns about sending the complaint to Program personnel, he or she may send it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Jamestown, 6092 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405. The Program and University take all complaints seriously and will review any complaint in an expedient manner and take any appropriate action that is warranted.

Once a complaint is made, the Program Director or the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be directly involved in contacting the complainant and gathering any available information (within 15 business days). The Vice President for Academic Affairs will be notified of all complaints. If the matter is resolved, the Program Director or the Vice President for Academic Affairs will write a letter to the complainant acknowledging resolution of the matter. A copy of the letter will be kept on file in the Program Director’s office and the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office for five years.

If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant or the complaint is about the Program Director, the complainant may submit a written complaint directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Jamestown, 6092 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will meet with each party separately and may schedule a combined meeting with the two parties in order to resolve the complaint. A letter outlining the resolution by the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be filed with the complaint in the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office. A copy of the resolution may be sent to the complainant at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A copy of the letter will be kept on file in the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office for five years.


Process of Filing a Complaint with CAPTE

Any complaint regarding the University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program may also be filed with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org


Graduate Outcomes

Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Average
Graduation Rate 97% 100% 98.5%
National PT Exam Pass Rate 94% 97% 95.6%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100%

Relevant State Licensing Requirements

  • University of Jamestown
    Doctor of Physical Therapy
    4190 26th Ave S
    Fargo, ND 58104

  • 701-356-2136
  • Jackie Madsen, PT, DPT Assistant Professor, Admissions Coordinator

    Jackie.Madsen@uj.edu | PH: 701-356-2136 ext. 5902

  • Sara Voorhees, PT, MPT, PhD Director of the Department of Physical Therapy

    svoorhee@uj.edu | PH: 701-356-2136 ext. 5903

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